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How to “Wow” Your Interviewer

Claudia Enriquez is a second year student receiving her Masters in Public Administration from NYU Wagner. She currently works as a Graduate Program Assistant at NYU Wasserman. She is a New Yorker at heart, growing up in Long Island, then moving to upstate New York to attend college, and now she’s back downstate and enjoying her time at NYU.

You landed the interview, now it’s time to bring out your A game and really ‘wow’ your interviewer. Follow these simple steps below and prepare to land that dream job/internship!

Research, Research, Research

Did I mention research? Check out the company’s website. Review the company’s mission statement, values, culture, goals, achievements, recent events, and the company’s products/services.  If you know anyone who works there – ask him/her to give you the inside scoop!

Practice Makes Perfect…Or at least Preparation!

Be prepared to the job interview. Practice general and challenging interview questions with your peers.  Practice in front of a mirror – don’t be shy! The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll feel, which will come off during the interview.  While you should practice, be authentic during the actual interview.

NYU Wasserman has plenty of great career resources.  Swing by during walk-in hours for a mini mock interview, or make an appointment with a career counselor. You can find other helpful resources on CareerNet, under the Career Resources tab. Check it out!

Get Ready and Be on Time

The night before do the following:

  • Have your outfit picked out (rule of thumb: dress one or two levels up)

  • Pack your bag

  • Print out extra copies of your resume

  • Get directions to your destination (Check alternative routes)

  • Relax and have a good night’s sleep

The day of the big interview give yourself enough time to arrive. Arrive between 5-7 minutes early. If you’re too early walk around, grab some water, etc. As soon as you walk through the door, all eyes are on you – that means, be polite to everyone, from the receptionist to the person interviewing you.  Remember to put on your best smile!

How to Answer Questions During the Interview?

During the interview make eye contact and answer questions with confidence.  Use the STAR method:

  • Situation – Describe the situation you were in (e.g., the name of the internship or course you were taking)

  • Task – Identify the specific project you were working on and briefly discuss what it entailed

  • Action – This is the most important element! Specifically identify what YOUR action was related to the question that was asked

  • Result – Close the question by stating an outcome to your situation

If you ever find yourself stuck on a question, that’s okay! Say to the interviewer ‘that’s a good question, let me think about it.’ Pause, breathe, think, and then give your answer.

Ask Meaningful Questions

At the close of the interview, the interviewer will always ask if you have any questions for them.  Have about 5-10 questions prepared, but of course, don’t ask questions already answered during the interview.

Below are good examples of what to ask the interviewer.

  1. What qualities do you think are most important for someone to excel in this position?

  2. What do you personally like most about working for this company?

  3. What would be one of the greatest challenges a person in this position would face?

  4. Can you tell me more about the team I’ll be working with?

  5. What are the next steps in the interview process?

Follow Up

Send a thank you email or a letter to your interviewer(s) 24-48 hours after the interview. If you interviewed with more than one person, send tailored individual thank you notes. Reiterate your strengths and your interest in the company. This is also an opportunity to add anything you did not discuss during the interview. As always, thank them for their time and the opportunity.

Good luck!

What’s Next: Politics and International Relations

What’s Next: Politics and International Relations

Wednesday, September 25th, 5:00 – 6:30pm.

Spotlight on a panelist.

Alexander Habib:

Alexander Habib specializes in executing comprehensive public affairs campaigns, providing strategic and crisis communications services and managing political and governmental relations for clients.

He’s been described as a “Rising Star” in New Jersey Politics by NY Observer’s PolitickerNJ and has been featured on CBS-3 (Philadelphia). He’s also a regular commentator on NJTV’s “Political Roundtable” and WWOR/My9’s “New Jersey Now”.

Formerly, Alexander was Chief of Staff to a member of the NJ General Assembly, serving as senior policy advisor on issues related, but not limited to, regulatory oversight, consumer affairs, health policy, education, public finance, administrative reforms, public employee pension & benefit reforms and the environment. He also served as chief aide to the Chairs of both the Assembly Consumer Affairs and Regulatory Oversight & Gaming Committees.

His political counsel remains sought after, having worked as a field operative, communications director, campaign manager and senior campaign advisor for several campaigns throughout New Jersey. His work on the 2008 election cycle landed him an honorable mention in the Washington Post. Most recently, he served as a senior campaign advisor to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and went on to serve on his transition team for budgetary and fiscal operations.

Alexander has experience managing various public issues campaigns, ballot initiatives and public relations campaigns for both political and public policy initiatives. He manages accounts within Beckerman’s public affairs and professional services groups and provides clients with strategic messaging and political reputation counsel.

Alexander received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Minor in Philosophy from Rowan University. He briefly studied European Politics, Security and Conflict at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and received his Masters of Public Administration in Health Policy from the Wagner School at New York University.

Want to learn more and meet other great panelists? Come to What’s Next: Politics and International Relations on Wednesday, September 25th at 5pm!

NYU MLK Week: 50 Years Forward

In a speech Dr. Martin Luther King gave on NYU’s campus, he said…

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

Fifty years later, we continue to find ourselves amidst a nation and a globe struggling between social and economic disparities. This week, the university celebrates Martin Luther King and his legacy in “50 Years Forward: The Cost of a Dream Deferred”.

NYU MLK Week is organized to help you get involved with social change and social justice. Here’s some ways you can make a difference.

Attend: A Conversation w/ Rev. Al Sharpton
February 7th 2013 | 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM | Kimmel Center – Eisner and Lubin Auditorium

Listen to the critical perspectives of several guests as they present their views and ideas and engage in dialogue surrounding the costs of failing to realize the dreams that Dr. King articulated fifty years ago.

RSVP here.

MLK Week of Service

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”

Volunteering your time is a great way to give back to the community and to advocate for social change. Each day this week there are different service opportunities you can participate. Click here to learn how you can get involved.


“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”

  • Government & NonProfit
    • Join the Government & Non-profit Career Fair
      Friday, February 22nd 2013 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Georgetown University
    • Give a Year, Change the World: Apply to City Year, Deadline Feb 15th.
    • Promote Peace and Friendship: Apply to the Peace Corp, Deadline Feb 28th
  • Public Service
    • Join the Women’s Foreign Policy Group Mentoring Fair
      Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 | 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM | Kimmel, 4th Floor
      Free for NYU Students. Limited spaces are available. RSVP required at www.wfpg.org on or after January 30, 2013


Get inspired and continue the dream for social justice with the help of these resources:

“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Summer Must- Reads: More books to help your career development (Part II)


Stay on top of your game with these books all written to help you achieve your career goals. These bestsellers will change the way you see the world, interact and handle any obstacle that comes your way. Enjoy!

The Art of Mingling: Proven Technique for Mastering Any Room, by Jeanne Martinet

Don’t let your wallflower ways keep you from getting what you want. The Art of Mingling offers great tips on how to work any room. Trust us, after this you’ll be the life of the party… or at least be able to network better.





Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time, by Keith Ferrazzi & Tahl Raz

Want to know the key to success? According to Ferrazzi and Raz it is networking. Learning how to cultivate relationships is an important part of life. Never Eat Alone teaches readers how to make connections using their handy outlines and strategies. The important thing to remember is that it isn’t just about getting what you want; it’s also about making sure those who are important to you also get what they want.



Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage Their Careers, by Lois P. Frankel

 Who would have thought that everything your mother taught you is completely wrong in dealing with your career ambitions. Not to worry Frankel has you covered and will educate you on what you need as a woman to continue to make that climb to the top.





The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, by Thomas L. Friedman

Understanding the world we live in is crucial in navigating today’s job markets. Whatever your career path The World is Flat gives the reader an understanding of the events that have shaped today’s ‘flat’ and fast globalized world. Friedman explains how this happened and demystifies complex foreign policy and economic issues that are currently shaping the global.



Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities, by Martha C. Nussbaum

In Not for Profit, Nussbaum urges us to consider the issues that arise when we put economic growth ahead of humanitarian growth. For students interested in the Non-Profit sector this book is a must read because it takes a look at the impact that education focused on trade rather than knowledge has on our society.




Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, by Kerry Patterson

Crucial Conversations offers readers a guide to handling life’s most difficult conversations. Learn how to be persuasive, talk about almost anything, and prepare for nearly every situation with Patterson’s six-minute mastery technique.